You Married Saso Mendez?

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

I Timothy 1:12-17

Kate and I were rowing a two person kayak on Watson Lake, and we heard a loud scream across the lake. We both looked across the lake and Rebekah was screaming because there was a wasp who entered her kayak. Her scream broke the silence of a peaceful day, and she drew the attention of all those around the lake. The people on the boats and around the lake were laughing at Rebekah as she made quite a scene on a beautiful peaceful day. Kate looked at me and said, “Dad, why did you marry mom?” She was alluding to the fact that her mom did not seem cool, and there was not the hours needed for me give a  full answer as to why I married her mom.  

I told Rebekah about this story, and I told her this was the first time in history any one ever asked me why I married Rebekah. It is usually the other one around and Rebekah has had to answered why she married me. The people we went to school with would ask her, “You married Saso Mendez?” I was never voted to do much for God in my life as I oftentimes made poor choices. Rebekah was a valedictorian, and I was voted most likely not to succeed. We were vastly different and it is an understatement to say that opposites attract. God brought us together as there is no other explanation as to why she married me. 

I tell you the story above to say that God uses imperfect people in life to do His work. People you would never imagine doing God’s work, but yet He chooses us in spite of us. I am amazed at God that he would use an addict like me to lead a ministry that helps those who struggle with addictions, loneliness and pain. I am reminded in His Word  how He used a murderer like Moses and David to do great things for His cause. The Apostle Paul was chief amongst sinners but yet considered one of the greatest preachers of all time. I look at my story and see how the Author of my story is able to do great things through me for His honor and glory, and He is able to due the same through you?

Do you feel like God cannot use you due to your past? Do you put limits on what God can do through the “chiefest of sinners”? Do you know that He is faithful to finish that which He has started? Have you come to know the abundant grace of our Lord? God is able to change even the worst of the worse, and He gets the glory for a life changed through Him. Will you allow God to change your life? Will you come to know of His faith and love? Will you accept Him as your Lord and Savior? May we be counted faithful, and may we do great things for His honor and glory. 

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